|Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)|
-LENGTH: 213 feet (for Mothra's first four G-series appearances, she has a wingspan of 443 feet. For the later movies, it was increased to 574 feet)
-MASS: 16,500 tons (from '92 on, her mass was increased to 22,000 tons)
-SPECIAL POWERS: Flight at Mach 3 and hurricane force winds. Mothra also can release a poison powder from her wings. In Mothra's first appearance in the Heisei series (1984-1999), she received considerable upgrades, including antenna ray blasts and reflective wing scales that can counter enemy attacks.
-BACKGROUND: Mothra is the protector and Deity of her people on Infant Island and her twin fairy priestesses. She is a monster of peace and always has a purpose or mission rather than going on blind rampages. For this reason, Mothra always exhibits great bravery (especially in larva form) against enemies much stronger than herself. Because of her whole peace and love angle, she is a fan favorite and the people in the movies always root for her against Godzilla. Jerks. Mothra is a pretty cool character in the G-series though, and was the second of Godzilla's foes to have starred in her own movie first.
-BATTLE RECORD: 3-4-3
-LENGTH: 174 feet (increased to 394 feet in '92)
-MASS: 16,500 tons
-SPECIAL POWERS: Web string attack from mouth
The special effects are well done for their time and the surprisingly fashionable twin fairies from primitive Infant Island are probably in their best incarnation in this movie. We hear them sing the slightly goofy, but hilariously catchy "Mothra song" for the first of many times in this movie. Few things are funnier than getting caught humming the Mothra song in public. The twin fairies and the plight of Infant Island, destroyed by nuclear tests, give a slight environmental tone to the film, but it would seem that the central theme is loving every human and treating them as brothers. Good stuff for a monster movie.
There is some great comic relief provided by a reporter who works in the same newsroom as Sakai and Junko. The dude is always eating eggs when they are talking about the big monster egg story. My favorite line of his is when he is sent to the front-lines to cover the Godzilla attack: "I'm not as afraid of Godzilla as I am of the editor... he's meaner."
Here's a rundown of the movie's conclusion:
My Ranking: #5
Up next, Godzilla's first encounter with his most classic and reprised foe... "Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster"